2016 Merritt Award Results

Nearly 20 Duke graduate and undergraduate students entered the 2016 Merritt Award competition, submitting articles and blog posts on topics from invasive beavers to digital health innovation to atmospheric haze — and showcasing the range of fascinating science going on across Duke and beyond.

From among several strong entries, the judges selected “Young Daredevils” as the winner of the 2016 Merritt Award. Originally published on Slate.com, the article was written by Rosa Li, a PhD student in psychology and neuroscience, and featured her own research. The judges praised the entry as a well-written, solidly reported, compelling and highly accessible piece that provides an excellent model for other researchers who wish to share their work with the general public.

2016 Winner: Rosa Li

Rosa Li

Young Daredevils: Children Are Just As Willing As Teenagers to Take Risks

Honorable Mentions

The committee also wishes to recognize two other excellent submissions as runners-up:

  • The Worm Turns, by biology PhD student Sheena Faherty. The article was originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Building Batteries from the Microstructure Up, by civil engineering PhD student Andrew Stershic. The article was originally published in DEIXIS, the annual magazine of the U.S. Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship program.

Thanks to all entrants for demonstrating the vibrant state of student science journalism at Duke!